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Girls On The Run Council Director in Indianapolis, IN at Health & Hospital Corporation of Marion County

Date Posted: 11/19/2018

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Job Title: Girls On The Run Council Director 

City: Indianapolis / State: Indiana                                                   

Job Description

The Council Director will work within the framework of the Marion County Public Health Department and its policies and procedures.


The Council Director is a highly-skilled nonprofit professional that provides leadership, vision and direction to the council and the broader Girls on the Run organization. The Council Director represents the council to the public, leads organizational development and strategic planning, optimizes financial performance, oversees program delivery in the designated territory, builds donor relationships and oversees personnel. The Council Director works closely with the council Board of Directors, Girls on the Run International Headquarters and is responsible for expanding systems and procedures to accomplish the mission and reach the strategic goals set forth by the board.


The Council Director develops organizational strategy, sound practices and supportive relationships, both internally and externally, resulting in cooperative and effective collaborations that further the mission of Girls on the Run International.


Position Profile

The Girls on the Run® Council Director (CD) must possess a passion for, and commitment to, improving the lives and opportunities of girls in third through eighth grades. The Girls on the Run program provides a safe and interactive way to learn about healthy living which includes an introduction and education on important topics such as goal-setting, cooperation, healthy decision-making, and self-respect, while training for a 5K event.   The innovative curriculum teaches girls to listen and open up while also encouraging them to commit to a healthy lifestyle, and harness the inner strength that they possess. Our important mission is accomplished by giving girls the tools to make positive choices for a healthy body and mind, while reducing the many risks they face today.


The Girls on the Run Council Director is responsible for the overall implementation of the Girls on the Run mission.   The Council Director’s job responsibilities include developing and implementing the overall strategy and vision for the Girls on the Run program and all organizational and operational aspects of Girls on the Run including its administration, financial operations, revenue generation, program development and activities, personnel management and strategic planning. Some of the key responsibilities falling within these areas include:

Program Development and Strategic Planning

  • Planning, in coordination with MCH/Nutrition services staff, for the direction and leadership of the overall program
  • Cultivating relationships with coaches, donors, parents, participants, sponsors and volunteers
  • Acting as ambassador to represent Girls on the Run’s mission and programs

Program Outreach and Site Management

  • Develop and implement the Girls on the Run strategic program plan and achieve program goals with respect to number of girls, number of sites and demographic requirements
  • Market Girls on the Run program to potential new sites
  • Work with community leaders, schools and other groups to maximize Girls on the Run success
  • Coordinate all new and existing sites
  • Enforce all current site policies and procedures and generate innovation and improvement as needed
  • Complete required reporting for Girls on the Run International


Organizational Administration

  • Ensure that the organization is in compliance with all laws and guidelines governing nonprofit organizations and the Girls on the Run International Membership Agreement, Policies and Guidelines.
  • Develop and implementing necessary policies and procedures
  • Develop relationships with the local media and in coordination with the public relations department of the Marion County Public Health Department and serve as the Girls on the Run primary contact to market the program and build additional community supportFund development
  • Responsible for fundraising efforts including sponsorship, donor cultivation, grants, special events, etc.
  • Develop collaborative projects/partnerships with other community providers.
  • Partner with Girls on the Run International to maximize funding opportunities locally.
  • Maintain process for proper record keeping

Job Requirements

The ideal candidate will be comfortable engaging in both strategic activities as well as taking a hands-on role with regards to program execution and administrative issues.

  Required Qualifications

  • BA or BS degree
  • Demonstrated ability of building and leading teams
  • Passion for Girls on the Run’s mission and the ability to comprehend and effectively communicate issues surrounding empowerment, self-esteem, body image and whole-person health
  • Outstanding communication skills in multiple environments and with a range of audiences (internal and external)
  • Experience setting and managing budgets and financial forecasting
  • Ability to multitask, prioritize and make efficient decisions
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Experience with Girls on the Run (or other similar youth or wellness programs)  
  • For more information about this position, please contact Denise Ferguson, Coordinator Nutrition Services Marion County Public Health Department 317-221-7365



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